At first memorial rings were plain with either black or white enameling all the way around. Later, near the 1720s, fashion began to change and so did the style of many of these memorial rings. Soon the french influence with its beautiful delicacy came into play and mourning became a close associate with eternal love and sentiment.
Here we have a perfect example. The central section shows the funereal urn and the overhanging weeping willow tree painted with hair on a natural wafer background .The surround is most unique consisting of 19 incredible color matched rubies. They can be truly appreciated when seen in person.
The band of this size 9 ring is white enamel and inscribed "REVd ROBERT OAKLEY ob 27Feb 1779--et 74. Difficult to read in portions bu amazing condition for the age. This is truly a collectors' dream. It is museum quality.
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